By Benjamin Leatherman
Spandex tights? Check. Can of Aqua Net? Got it. Copy of Ratt’s Invasion of Your Privacy on vinyl? You betcha. Sounds like you’re locked and loaded for this week’s edition of Future Shock, which focuses on the often-outrageous genre of heavy metal. From dank and dirty death rock to glass-shattering superstars who’re known for their screaming talents, we’ve put together a list of some of the “just announced” concerts from a multitude of metal acts that will be visiting the Valley in the upcoming months. So strap on your leather pants, knock back a few cans of Schlitz, and get ready to rock out with your cock out.
King Diamond With supporting acts Kreator, Leaves Eyes, and Cellador Thursday, May 1, 2008, 6:30 p.m. Marquee Theatre in Tempe Tickets are $24 pre-sale, $26 day of show (on sale now, visit www.luckymanonline.com)
It doesn’t get any more metal than the legendary King Diamond, as the Danish rocker illustrates all the extreme stereotypes of the genre, whether he’s wielding a microphone made of femur bones, slapping on the face paint, or killing your eardrums with his high-decibel falsetto shrieking (“Grandma/Take a look/What do you think of the house and the silvery moon?”). Mr. Diamond (a.k.a. Kim Bendix Petersen) also may or may not be a follower of Satanism (depending on what you read), so make sure you bring both a crucifix and some earplugs to the show.
Random fact: In Kevin Smith’s 2006 film Clerks II, the characters of Randall and Jay spontaneously break out into a hilarious rendition of King Diamond’s signature song, “Welcome Home.”
Jonathan Davis With supporting act Godhead Monday, December 3, 6:30 p.m. Marquee Theatre in Tempe Tickets are $34 pre-sale, $35 day of show (on sale Saturday, visit www.luckymanonline.com)
Taking a break from working the mic as frontman for Korn, Jonathan Davis is embarking on a nationwide solo tour where the dreadlocked musician will perform a series of acoustic covers for his fans. According to Blabbermouth.net, the gigs will include a few Korn songs, as well as some jams Davis created for that Queen of the Damned vampire flick from 2002. If you ask really nicely, he might just even bust out with Extreme’s “More Than Words” or Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven.” (Okay, we’re kidding about that last sentence, but the dude did name his latest kid Zeppelin Houseman Davis, so you never know).
Random fact: Jonathan Davis’ favorite bands growing up were The Cure and Duran Duran.
Nile With supporting acts Suicide Silence, The Faceless, and The Agonist Wednesday, March 19, 7 p.m. The Clubhouse Music Venue in Tempe Tickets are $18 pre-sale, $20 day of show (on sale now, visit www.luckymanonline.com)
The men of South Carolina-based “technical death metal” band Nile might seem a little focacta, but their musical stylings are quite solid and ultimately listenable. These good-ole Southern Boys take their obsession with Egyptian mythology and culture, mix it up with some Middle Eastern musical influences and massive guitar riffs, and unleash a sonic boom that keeps fans coming back for more. They’re even known to work in some H.P. Lovecraft references to boot. Cthulhu be praised!
Random Fact: Nile’s first full-length album (released in 1998) was titled Amongst the Catacombs of Nephren-Ka. Nutty.
Rotting Christ With supporting acts Immolation, Belphegor, Averse, and Landmine Marathon Wednesday, February 27, 7 p.m. The Sets in Tempe Tickets are $15 (on sale now, visit www.luckymanonline.com)
If ever there was an award for the best metal band name, we’d cast our vote for Rotting Christ. That’s not the only way these Greek death metal masters have blasphemed the savior, as they staged a “Fuck Christ” tour in 1993 and their early lyrics included references to occultism. We’re sure if they pray really hard and make penance, the Son of God will forgive them for that shit, as well as their history of cutting themselves onstage during concerts. The band’s antics and reputation are so shocking that Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine reportedly balked at performing at a metal concert in Greece a few years back if Rotting Christ was involved. Pussy.
Random fact: Rotting Christ formed in 1987.
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Rumor Has It: Ticket info hasn’t been announced yet, but Video Games Live will be coming to the Maricopa County Events Center in March. Stay tuned to Future Shock for more updates.